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US FL: 'Charlotte's Web' Rewrite

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:00
Sun-Sentinel, 14 Dec 2014 - Medical-Marijuana Rules May Change Florida's rules for companies to grow and sell medical marijuana to patients with severe epilepsy and other debilitating conditions could be out as soon as Monday.

US DC: OPED: Congress's Duty Trumps D.C.'s Vote

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 14 Dec 2014 - Legalized Marijuana in the Federal District Would Be a Recipe for Legal Chaos Many have asked why Republican legislators who profess respect for self-government and democracy would step in to overrule D.C. residents who voted to legalize recreational marijuana use in the city. We would like to answer that question head-on. Simply put, we believe that Congress must defend the federal government and the U.S. Constitution by preventing marijuana legalization from moving forward in the District.

US DC: Column: The Threat to D.C. Home Rule Can't Be Ignored

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 13 Dec 2014 - We thought all the angles had been covered, since the Senate had passed D.C. home rule legislation seven times before. So on July 10, 1973, Committee on the District of Columbia Chairman Thomas Eagleton (D-Mo.) and ranking member Charles McC. Mathias Jr. (R-Md.), plus Robert Harris and me - the committee's majority and minority staff directors, respectively - entered the Senate chamber confident that the votes were there to pass the bill again. The outstanding question of the day was whether the House, which for reasons of race and politics was a burial ground for the city's hopes of home rule, could pass a similar bill under the leadership of new House District Committee Chairman Charles C. Diggs Jr. (D-Mich.), an African American and veteran congressman. So we thought. Our bill encountered smooth sailing on the floor as Eagleton and Mathias easily disposed of two amendments that we knew would be offered by GOP Sen. William Scott of Virginia. (Scott once called a news conference to deny he was "The King of Dumb," as he would be dubbed in a 1974 New Times cover story by Nina Totenberg.) But we weren't prepared for what came next. Republican Sen. Norris Cotton of New Hampshire took the floor, announced his support for the home rule bill and then offered an amendment that would authorize the president to appoint the District's police chief with the advice and consent of the Senate.

US: DOJ Says Tribes Can Decide Whether To Legalize Pot

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:00
Tulsa World, 12 Dec 2014 - Indian Nations Debate Opportunity Vs. Tribal Values About the Drug. GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug.

US OK: Tribes May Reconsider Pot Laws

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:00
Tulsa World, 13 Dec 2014 - A Justice Department Memo Says New Policy Is Nonenforcement. Despite a U.S. Department of Justice memo this week indicating Indian governments could grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands, officials said don't expect a thriving, legal pot industry anytime soon in Oklahoma.

US NJ: OPED: Spending Bill Blocks DC's Marijuana Initiative

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 12 Dec 2014 - The federal spending bill now pending before Congress includes a provision that bars the Justice Department from spending any money to undermine state medical marijuana laws. It also includes an amendment that prohibits the Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with a federal law that allows industrial hemp research in states that have approved it. But for the District of Columbia and its effort to legalize marijuana, it's a different story, with Congress showing no shame or compunction in trying to upend local authority. The hypocrisy is stunning even by the standards of Capitol Hill.

CN ON: Youth Crime On Decline

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:00
Standard Freeholder, 12 Dec 2014 - The good news is Cornwall is a safer place this year than than it was last year. Chief Dan Parkinson told the Cornwall Community Police Board that crime rates are down across the board. "It's a good news story," said Parkinson.

US: Tribes Can Grow, Sell Pot On Their Lands

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 12 Dec 2014 - Feds Say Rules for States Must Be Followed GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday Indian tribes can decide to grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug.

US DC: Congressional Deal Upends D.C. Pot Legalization

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
The Day, 11 Dec 2014 - Washington - Elected officials and drug-policy advocates hoped to make the nation's capital the first place on the East Coast with legal pot. They wanted to use the District of Columbia as further encouragement for states to make their own marijuana laws, and they were optimistic that Congress wouldn't intervene, pointing to a Republican caucus that's far from unified against pot. Those hopes were crushed late Tuesday when Congress reached a $1.1 trillion spending deal that bars the District from legalizing marijuana. Rather than trying to vote down the pot initiative - which Congress has the power to do - opponents placed language in an essential spending bill that would prevent the city from spending any money to enact it. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

US DC: Treat Pot The Same As Beer

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
Washington Post, 12 Dec 2014 - December 11 at 5:26 PM Regarding Samuel T. Wilkinson's Dec. 7 op-ed, "Big Pot?": As a retired detective and co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, I understand Dr. Wilkinson's concerns about marijuana.

US: Deal Upends Pot Legalization in DC

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
The News-Item, 11 Dec 2014 - WASHINGTON (AP)- Elected officials and drug-policy advocates hoped to make the nation's capital the first place on the East Coast with legal pot. They wanted to use the District of Columbia as further encouragement for states to make their own marijuana laws, and they were optimistic that Congress wouldn't intervene, pointing to a Republican caucus that's far from unified against pot. Those hopes were crushed late Tuesday when Congress reached a $1.1 trillion spending deal that bars the District from legalizing marijuana. The move by Congress followed a familiar playbook when District leaders try to enact social policies that conservatives on Capitol Hill disagree with. Rather than trying to vote down the pot initiative-which Congress has the power to do-opponents placed language in an essential spending bill that would prevent the city from spending any money to enact it.

CN ON: Shootings Linked to Gang Fight Over Drug Turf: Cops

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
Metro, 12 Dec 2014 - Police Increasing Patrols As Area Sees Third Shooting in Two Weeks With three shootings on Penny Drive in the past two weeks, Ottawa police have increased their presence in the neighbourhood and residents will continue to see more police patrolling their streets, says the force's chief.

US NM: OPED: Pot Business Mimicking Big Tobacco

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 13 Dec 2014 - Marijuana May Follow in Footsteps of Cigarette Industry in Luring New Users Last month, people voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia. As the movement toward marijuana legalization continues, lawmakers and policy experts are looking to the experiments in Colorado and Washington for guidance. We should not overlook, however, valuable lessons from our experience with another legal drug: tobacco.

Canada: Top Court Rules In Favour Of Warrantless Cellphone

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 12 Dec 2014 - In a crime ruling that earned it rare praise from the federal government, the Supreme Court of Canada said police may search cellphones without a warrant when they make an arrest. Cellphones are the bread and butter of the drug trade, the majority said in a 4-3 ruling. It said police have been given the "extraordinary power" to do warrantless searches during an arrest, under common-law rules developed by judges over centuries, because of the importance of prompt police investigations. Until now, those searches typically included purses and briefcases. Civil liberties groups had urged the court to exempt cellphones.

CN ON: Drug-Impaired Driving A Concern

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:00
The Enterprise-Bulletin, 12 Dec 2014 - The number of provincial drunk driving charges are down compared to 2013, but drug-impaired driving rates have substantially increased. According to OPP statistics, in 2014 up to the end of September, 5,685 impaired charges were laid by the OPP, down 17% from the same period in 2013 which saw 6,842 impaired charges laid; however, compared to the same period in 2013, there was a 32% increase in 2014 in the number of drug-impaired driving occurrences.

US DC: OPED: Revitalizing Drug Control Policy

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Washington Times, 12 Dec 2014 - There's New Opportunity for the Senate Drug Caucus Establishment Washington too often forgets that while most legislative matters affect segments of the country, drug policy is a national concern.

US CA: Column: Tea Party

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 11 Dec 2014 - Libertarian boy wonder Rand Paul, a U.S. Senator from Kentucky, recently told a Louisville news outlet he smoked pot in his youth. "Let's just say I wasn't a choir boy when I was in college and that I can recognize that kids make mistakes," Paul said. "And I can say I made mistakes when I was a kid."

US CO: Column: Can I Brew My Own Pot Beer?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Westword, 11 Dec 2014 - Dear Stoner: I'm a committed home brewer, and I was wondering how to make pot beer. I was thinking of adding oil to my beer, but I didn't know if that wouldn't dissolve in beer. I also thought about putting flower in the beer, like a hop, and boiling it for an hour - but I didn't know if that would extract the THC. If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them. Mark in Mayfair

US AZ: Column: Educated Choices

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
Tucson Weekly, 11 Dec 2014 - How to make the best cannabis choices for you and how dispensaries can help you make those choices The cannabis movement is subject to a lot of stigma in the world today and one of the biggest hurdles we have to overcome to gain acceptance is the idea that medical marijuana must be smoked to be effective. This is simply untrue.

US CA: Pot 'O Money

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:00
The Chico News & Review, 11 Dec 2014 - Board of Supervisors Allocates a Half-Million to Marijuana Measure On Tuesday (Dec. 9), the Butte County Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized spending nearly a half-million dollars toward the added costs of code enforcement anticipated with the recent passage of Measure A, a stricter medical marijuana cultivation ordinance than the county formerly had in place.